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Family Race Night filled with events for race fans

In conjunction with the weekend NASCAR races, the annual Food City Race Night, will return to Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday, March 16.
This year marks the 25th anniversary for the popular pre-race event and the 20th anniversary of the Food City 500 in March and Food City 250 in August.
“We’re excited to be hosting the 25th Anniversary Food City Race Night at Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City President and CEO. “We have a great line-up, loaded with driver interactive sessions, attractions, entertainment and much more. You’ll find something for the entire family to enjoy.”
Over the last 25 years, Food City Race Night has contributed in excess of $500,000 in proceeds to area non-profits.
The event paves the way for a weekend of action-packed Nationwide and Sprint Cup racing at one of NASCAR’s most popular venues.
Fans can expect a great line-up of driver interactive sessions, along with show cars, simulators, souvenir trailers, entertainment and a smorgasbord of free food samples.
Festivities will get underway at 4 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
Food City has already received confirmations from several drivers and attractions.
Among those already confirmed are Kurt Busch, Joey Logano and Jeff Gordon (wristbands are required and will be given out at the beginning of each line at 4 p.m.), Elliott Sadler (200 autograph cards will be given out at the beginning of the line at 4 p.m.), Greg Biffle (200 wristbands will be given out at the beginning of the line at 4 p.m.), Bobby Labonte, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Nationwide Series Champion), Robby Gordon, Mike Wallace, Stacy Compton, Jeff Green, Mike Bliss, Tayler Malsam, Kenny Wallace, Michael Annett, Johanna Long, Eric McClure, Chase Elliott, Jeremy Clements and Morgan Shepherd, Lonesome Pine drivers Kevin Wolfe, Roby Orr, Keith Griffiths, Duke Bare, Brian Mock, Toby Jones, Brad Ball, Mike Keith, Freddie Taylor, Jr., Cody Dutton, Jeff Woodward and Derrike Woodward, K&N Series driver Chad Finchum, NASCAR Legends Brownie King and Paul Lewis, UARA drivers Brandon Rogers and John King, II and Wheelen Modified drivers Zeke Shell and Brad Fluke.
Free food sampling will begin at 4 p.m. and continue while supplies last. Pine Mountain Railroad will take the stage from 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Welcome ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m., featuring MC Larry McReynolds, followed by a special presentation with Jeff Gordon at 5:45 p.m. Tony Justice will take the stage for a live performance at 7 p.m., followed by Rhonda Vincent and the Rage at 8 p.m.
In the Bristol Motor Speedway tent, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth, Danica Patrick and Paul Menard will host a question/answer session from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by WII Boxing with Elliott Sadler, Hermie Sadler, Clint Bowyer, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Justin Allgaier and Austin Dillon (Truck Series Champion) at 6:30 p.m., Jimmie Johnson will take on the fans in I Will Race Anything at 7:30 p.m.
The event will close with a 9 p.m. fireworks show. For a complete listing of Food City Race Night attractions, visit, where updates will be posted.